SIU Med School Honors Three for Excellence in Research

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May 21, 2014

SIU Med School Honors Three for Excellence in Research

Three research awards have been announced by the Department of Pharmacology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.

The Satu M. Somani Memorial Award was presented to Dr. Trenton Grimm, a 2014 graduate of SIU. He is the son of Larry and Teri Grimm and is married to Tedra (Lawrence) Grimm, all of West Frankfort. Grimm earned his doctorate degree in pharmacy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (2009). The cash award is presented to a senior medical student for outstanding performance in pharmacology and therapeutics. The Somani award was established in memory of Satu M. Somani, Ph.D., who was an SIU professor of pharmacology and toxicology from 1974 until his death in 2002.

The Barbara L. Armour Memorial Award was presented to Kelly Sheehan, a researcher in the surgery department, who has been on the SIU staff since 2008. The award is presented to recognize excellence, dedication and contributions to scientific research. She received the award for her work in the laboratory of Dr. Leonard Rybak, Ph.D., professor of otolaryngology head and neck surgery. Sheehan is the daughter of Tim and Mary Jo Sheehan of Springfield. She earned her bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2006) and her master’s in biology from the University of Illinois Springfield (2012). The Armour Award was established in memory of Barbara Lawhorn Armour, a pharmacology researcher, who died in 1995.

The Hemal Vakharia Memorial Award was presented to Seth Martin, a research intern, for his work. The award is presented to a student who has provided outstanding contributions to research. Martin received the award for his work in the laboratory of Kathleen Campbell, Ph.D., SIU professor of otolaryngology head and neck surgery and director of the division’s audiology research. Martin is the son of Dr. Peter and Toni Martin of Springfield. He is a senior at Greenville College. The award was established in memory of Hemal Vakharia, a summer help student who died in an automobile accident in 1992.

Established in 1970, the SIU School of Medicine is based in Springfield and Carbondale. The medical school’s mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health needs through education, patient care, research and community service. SIU’s research efforts cover a wide range of basic and clinical sciences. Currently more than 200 research projects funded by outside organizations, primarily federal agencies, are underway in 100-plus laboratories. For information, call SIU’s main number, 217-545-8000, or go online, www.siumed.edu.

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